The cream cheese dough needs to be elastic before dividing into portions. You can determine if it's ready by pressing one finger onto the surface of the dough. If the dough springs back to take its original shape, the dough is ready to be shaped; if it doesn't, knead a few more times. Using a special tool called a tart tamper makes shaping the dough easier.
1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light-colored corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, granulated sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk. Combine cheese, butter, and milk in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until blended (mixture will be crumbly).
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 3 or 4 times. Divide dough into 24 portions. Place 1 dough portion into each of 24 miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Press dough into bottom and up sides of cups, using lightly floured fingers.
To prepare filling, spoon about 1/2 teaspoon walnuts into each muffin cup. Combine brown sugar and remaining ingredients, stirring well with a whisk; spoon about 2 teaspoons filling over walnuts in each muffin cup.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and filling is puffy. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Run a knife around outside edge of each tassie; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire racks.
Let me start by saying that I am an experienced baker, and I have made tassies before. This dough was difficult to work with and came out tough, despite gentle, minimal handling. I think this is because of the fact that it is lower fat. Loved the orange flavor of the filling, though.
Great recipe! I weighed the dough to make equal portions, then used my pizza roller. Worked well and I plan to use this as my standby tart dough in the future. Only reason I did not rate 5 stars is that I ended up with far too much filling. Next time, I will double the dough recipe. Also, I only had to cook for 10 mins rather than 20 in my gas oven.